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Western Knights pip Windmills 2-1

Report by Bobby Stamatoski

Western Knights came back from behind to win a tight contest over Morley-Windmills 2-1 at Nash Field.

Western Knights coach Trim Morgan was happy to come away with the three points.

He said: “We worked hard in a week and we delivered a good first-half performance. A little bit scrappy in the second, but I thought we played the best that we played all season in our first half.”

“Couple of chances here a little bit, if we had looked after the  ball a little bit better I think we’d have got a couple of goals.”

With all of the early pressing and possesson, one would have thought it was only a matter of time before the home side went ahead, especially after Dean Hurley hit the crossbar just three minutes into the game.

Instead, it was the visitors who went ahead 1-0 thanks an unstopppable shot from distance by Boas Mtwale.

The Knights continued to press and eventually got their goal through Dean Hurley. Morley goalkeeper Yousri Gharsallah tried to go around Hurley, giving the ball away in the process from a tackle, which allowed Hurley to put away the shot into an empty net to level the scores at 1-1.

The hosts almost went ahead just before half-time but Hurley’s header hit the post.

Both teams had chances to take the lead in the second half but it was Western Knights who were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute. Hurley smashed it past Gharsallah to lead the Knights to a home win.

Morley Windmills coach Mauro Marcaione thought the result was not a true reflection on the team’s performance.

“But at the end of the day, we made two mistakes and we paid for them,” he said.

“We made enough chances to kill the game. We weren’t able to but this is the limit of this team. Young side, newly promoted this year and they have to adjust to the level. The way these games are, we need to kill the game where we can, where we are in possesson and in the right areas.”

This game was crucial for Western Knights as they now climb above Morley in the State League Division One ladder.

Western Knights 2 (Hurley 34min, 83)
Morley Windmills 1 (Mtwale 17)
Saturday, June 9
Nash Field
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: B Skinner
Assistant referees: W Nurse, J Lodhia                  

Western Knights : 1. Sam STONE (GK) 2. Benny HOWE, 5. Graham TOUGH, 4. David MURPHY, 13. Tom KENNEDY, 10. Brian PATTERSON 16. Dave CLARKE, 8. Alex RANDAL, 18. Jonty TURNER, 11. Jack RYCROFT 9. Dean HURLEY,
Substitutes not used: 17. Ryan SARDI, 7. Josh CORTEZ, 22.Jordan COOMB, 14. Emmanuel LANGOYA, 19. Ivan ZUVELA

Morley Windmills: 99. Yousri GHARSALLAH, 2. James Jordan JUAKO, 4. Ryan TREACY, 5. Marco PERIZZOLO, 6. Deng MAWIEN, 7. Abraham TAONA, 8. Boas MTWALE, 9. Ben WANTEEA, 12. Kaja DURI, 13. Faustin MACHOCHI, 16. Jan URGELA
Substitutes not used: 10. Dion BERMAN, 11. Darren FRANCIS, 1. Aiden HOLLAWAY, 3. Luciano COLLI

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